OCA Condemns Hate Demonstrations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate

202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, D.C. - OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates denounces the hate rally that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville, VA, and reaffirms its 44 year history of combatting bigotry.

On the night of Friday, August 11, protesters gathered at the University of Virginia with torches in a march that preceded a "Unite the Right" rally of white supremists, Nazi sympathizers, and radical right-wing groups on Saturday, August 12.

"Racism has no place in America. While we support the peaceful right to march and protest, the intention of this weekend’s march and the rally of Nazis, white nationalists, and white supremacists was to intimidate and espouse a dogma of hate," said Vicki Shu, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs. "Hate crimes against Asian Americans and other minority groups have been on the rise. We call on all Americans to join us and other marginalized communities to speak out against bigotry, and to come together to eliminate hate. President Trump must make it clear that racists, Nazis, and others who threaten communities of color will not be tolerated.”

At its convention last weekend in Sacramento, OCA held an anti-hate rally, "Unite Against Hate," to combat the increased climate of hate in the United States.
 
Individuals can report incidents of hate at AAPI Hate Crimes Reporting Website, which can be found at aapihatecrimes.org. Hate crimes should always be reported to local law enforcement first. The OCA website only collects incidents of hate and does not report cases to the Department of Justice or to law enforcement. 
 
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI’s.)
 

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